Hough High Evacuated for Third Time in One Week


by Kathryn Searles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- UPDATE: Over the past week, the Cornelius Police Department has been investigating the suspicious package incident at William A. Hough High School that occurred on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

During the course of the investigation, Cornelius Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Detectives developed new information on Monday, April 29 that resulted in the arrest of Bronco Villafranca, an 18-year-old student.  Detectives were informed by Villafranca that another male, juvenile student was in possession of a suspicious package. Villafranca is being transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and is being charged with perpetrating a hoax by use of a false bomb and conspiracy.  A secure custody order has been obtained for the juvenile student and he will be transported to a juvenile detention facility.  

After evacuating the school on Monday morning, Cornelius Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Bomb Squad determined that the suspicious package was non-hazardous.  At no time did Cornelius Police believe the campus was in danger, but as a precaution a thorough follow-up sweep of the school was conducted.   


WCCB is following breaking news  - a CMS high school evacuated for the third time in one week.

Hough High School is currently evacuated due to reports of a suspicious item in the school. The students exited the building just before noon.

Concerned parents were bumper to bumper as they waited in the car line to pick up their child from the school.

Hough High was evacuated twice on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 for a false bomb report.

Sixteen-year-old student, Riley Bowlin, was arrested in connection to last week's bomb threats.


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